Mars-Pluto aspects can be dangerous. I don’t say this to scare you but to inform you that there is some pretty intense energy coming up. Mars in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn exact on Sunday July 2 at 5:58 AM here in Montana but this is something we will be feeling all week leading up to Sunday. We will also still feel this influence fading as we move into next week so it will still be active over the 4th of July. Everyone will be affected by this energy but if you have planets in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) you will feel this more strongly. You will also feel this more strongly if you have a Mars-Pluto aspect in your natal chart (like I do).
With the opposition aspect there is usually another person involved. Mars-Pluto has some difficult energy: obsession, anger, violence, power, ambition, brutality, compulsion, competitiveness, explosiveness. We can become obsessed with another person. We can become angry at them. We can even desire to control them through power, compulsion or brutality. On the positive side this aspect deals with the appropriate use of power and ambition in order to create balance. Being in touch with your own power and being able to use that power wisely is a privilege that comes with practice and wisdom. Some famous people with this aspect in their natal charts are Marlon Brando, Tippi Hedren, and Ian McKellen. Interestingly all of these examples are known for their work as activists so I see activism as another way to engage this energy responsibly.
The reason I am writing this is to allow people time to prepare mentally and emotionally for some difficult energy. Here are some example scenarios for the week:
I have a toddler … I expect her to try to get her way more than normal as we approach the weekend. Tantrums, crying, yelling even hitting may be things that occur. I must be careful that I do not use brute force to deal with her potential aggression. By being aware of this pattern I can take a deep breath and handle any behavior problems with the proper amount of discipline instead of allowing the energy to overwhelm me and create more problems by overreacting.
In relationships if things seem rocky then one or both parties may resort to stalking the other. There could be power struggles which accomplish very little. If you are prone to fighting then this is much more likely to occur while tempers are volatile and people are feeling more aggressive than usual. The way to handle these issues, if they arise, is through practice, patience and compromise. When we feel the need to “win” or be “right” in a relationship we are only sabotaging the long term success. Do not try to win the battle or you may end up losing the war. Another danger here is that people may psychologically project their negative feelings onto others. Projections can be insidious and hard to recognize so try to be self-aware. If you feel that another person is angry at you or upset with you ask yourself if you are in fact upset with them or angry at them instead.
If you are driving or traveling be extra careful as I expect drivers to be more aggressive than usual. Since this is a holiday weekend here in the states there may be more people going out of town and some drivers could be reckless in their rush to arrive at their destination. If you are traveling this week or this weekend (I am one who will be on the road) please try to drive safely and to not engage with any road rage or competitiveness you may meet out there on the road. It is better to take your time than to end up in an accident because of carelessness or because of anger.
Some ways to use this energy wisely is to engage in sports. Go for a hike. Play baseball. Go for a run. Doing something that is normally both active and competitive helps to channel this energy in a positive manner. Another fun thing to do: sex! This is a very sexual energy occurring so you can have some fun in the bedroom as well by having some energetic and perhaps even risque lovemaking. Since Mars is such an active planet physical activities are preferred to sitting around! But since we can push ourselves quite hard under this influence please make sure you stay hydrated and rest when you need to rest, otherwise you could overdo it this.
If you like to drink alcohol please try to refrain from drinking too much as the combination of alcohol and potential for anger can be dangerous. Self-control is one of the things being challenged by this energy but as long as we are conscientious about it we will be fine. Alcohol and fireworks can also be dangerous. Even fireworks alone need extra care this year so be cautious if this is a part of your celebration this year.
If you do find yourself getting obsessed, angry or too negative you can channel the energy effectively by doing something physical. Punch a pillow. Go for a run. Work in the garden. It is important to stop feeding the difficult energy and direct it elsewhere because if we don’t direct it elsewhere and instead keep feeding it we will eventually explode (metaphorically) and that is not pretty.
If you have any questions about the energy this week I am happy to answer questions!
Stay cool all!
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